Self Drive Tour in Namibia

23 Day Namibia Camping Self Drive

On the Namibia Camping Self Drive, you will experience Namibia’s entirety from the world’s largest sand mass in the Kalahari Desert to the 2nd largest Canyon on earth.

Get drawn back in time by visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskuppe and let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover exceptional UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage sites and the ancient San and Damara cultures. Encounter the rich and diverse wildlife of the Etosha National Park.

The Namibia Camping Self Drive offers you the ideal opportunity to make your own holiday by driving your own vehicle and following your own route on a pre-packaged itinerary designed to cover Namibia's best attractions and cultural gems. Campsites are handpicked for their ideal locations, facilities and cleanliness. 

The Namibia Camping Self Drive package excludes a vehicle rental, however, this can be included in your package upon request from a selection of equipped camping vehicles. Please contact one of our experienced travel experts for assistance with a quotation on a vehicle rental.

Vehicle recommendation - 4x4 Equipped Camper Vehicle

Highlights:

  • Affordable pre-packaged camping itinerary in Namibia
  • Tour the capital city of Windhoek
  • Nature Drive in the Kalahari Desert
  • View the Fish River Canyon, one of the earth's natural wonders
  • Experience the Namib Desert's towering sand dunes
  • View some of the 2500 rock engravings in Twyfelfontein
  • Travel through the mopane savanna to Epupa Falls
  • Self Guided game viewing in Etosha National Park

See also our Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive

Summary

5 Breakfasts

23 Days / 22 Nights
Self Drive

Namibia

Day 1 Windhoek
Upon arrival at the international airport, you collect your fully equipped four-wheel-drive vehicle and proceed to Windhoek. Here you have time to stock up on supplies for the following days. Enjoy a scenic walk through this cosmopolitan African city with its European colonial flair, wooden markets and cosy street café’s. In the evening visit one of Windhoek’s splendid restaurants before retiring to your pension for the night.
Hotel Accommodation: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel
Distance travelled: 50 Km

Day 2 Kalahari Desert
Travelling south after breakfast, you will soon see the red sand of the Kalahari interspersed with yellow grasses, shepherd's trees and acacia's. Your campsite is situated on a private game reserve in close vicinity to a frequented waterhole where oryx, springbok, zebra, and a variety of smaller game species abound. In the late afternoon experience the Kalahari and its symbiotic components on a sundowner/nature drive (optional).
Campsite: Bagatelle Kalahari Campsite
Meals: Breakfast
Distance travelled: 280 Km

Day 3 & 4 Fish River Canyon
Your route takes you via sparse vegetation, isolated hills and endless rocky plains to the Quiver Tree Forest. Here you find over 250 of these indigenous aloes assembled in a single area. Proceed further south to the Fish River Canyon. This canyon, created by the effects of upliftment and erosion, is set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought-resistant plants, and is regarded as one of the rare natural wonders on Earth.
Campsite: Canyon Roadhouse Campsite
Distance travelled: 300 Km (Day 3)

Day 5 Luderitz
Travelling past the Naute dam, visit the Naute Kristal Distillery, a stop not to be missed for Gin lovers, their gin is locally produced here together with many other fine spirits and can be bought as tasteful and original souvenirs. Continue to the edge of the Namibian escarpment and via the Succulent Karoo to the coastal town of Lüderitz. En route, you can stop at Garub to try and find some of the unique Namib Desert Horses that survive in the desert due to their acquired adaptations.
Guesthouse Accommodation: Kratzplatz Guesthouse
Distance travelled: 320 Km

Day 6 & 7 Southern Namib Desert
Before continuing to the southern Namib Desert, a visit to Kolmanskuppe, located just outside of Lüderitz, is very rewarding for all those who wish to travel back in time to a unique remnant of a bustling diamond town that flourished here from 1908 to 1950. Travelling north, your next stop is situated in a more solitude desert landscape along the foot of the stunning Tiras Mountains and the scenic D707 route.
Campsite: Namtib Biosphere - Little Hunters Rest or Koiimasis – Campsite
Meals: Breakfast (Day 6)
Distance travelled: 210 Km (Day 6)

Day 8 & 9 Namib Desert & Sossusvlei
On this morning you travel north into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth. Your lodge is surrounded by the Naukluft Mountains, one of the most impressive mountain ranges found in Namibia. Arriving at Sesriem, the gate to Sossusvlei, home of the highest dunes on Earth, and Sesriem Canyon, you have the afternoon at leisure. Early the following morning experience the surreal environment of flat gravel plains contrasted with the apricot-coloured majestic dunes when visiting Sossusvlei. Visit the fantastic Dead Vlei with its white clay-baked pan surrounded by the highest dunes in the world. Finish the morning with a visit to the rugged Sesriem Canyon, a gorge created by the force of the Tsauchab River.
Campsite: Sesriem Campsite or Sossus Oasis Campsite
Distance travelled: 250 Km (Day 8) & 120 Km (Day 9)

Day 10 & 11 Swakopmund
After breakfast travel to Swakopmund. En route, you will traverse the rugged and harsh Gaub and Kuiseb Passes. You can also visit the Welwitschia plains and the Moonlandscape as you approach Swakopmund. This idyllic town is situated between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean and offers some unique and fun activities. Some of these include scenic flights, dolphin cruises, quad biking, dune boarding, parachuting and windsurfing.
Lodge: Orange House
Meals: Breakfast (Day 11)
Distance travelled: 340 Km (Day 10)

Day 12 Damaraland
After breakfast, you travel east into Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most geologically diverse areas. Game such as rhino, desert elephant and giraffe roam freely, just as they did hundreds of years ago. Enjoy dinner along the banks of the ephemeral Ugab River, where, with some luck, you may be able to view the rare desert elephant.
Campsite: Brandberg White Lady Campsite
Meals: Breakfast
Distance travelled: 170 Km

Day 13 & 14 Kaokoveld
Start the morning with an excursion to Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site where over 2500 rock engravings and rock paintings cover the boulders of a pre-historic desert. Travel further north into Kaokoland, a large tract of pristine wilderness and uniquely adapted wildlife. This is the home of the Himba. Your camp for the night is situated along a lush, deeply eroded dry riverbed that is inhabited by a range of browsers such as kudu and duiker.
Campsite: Ongongo Waterfall Campsite
Distance travelled: 370 Km (Day 13)

Day 15 & 16 Epupa Falls
After a glorious sunrise and a hearty breakfast travel further north through landscapes where huge baobab trees stand like giants amid the mopane savanna. Once at the Epupa Falls, this spectacular water wonderland in an arid environment will have you gasping in awe. Optional activities from your camp include visits to traditional Himba villages, scenic walks and excellent birding opportunities.
Campsite: Epupa Camp Campsite
Distance travelled: 320 Km (Day 15)

Day 17 Kaokoveld
This morning travel south to the capital city of the Himba's - Opuwo. On your way, you may come across migrating Himba people in search for better grazing for their cattle as well as wildlife species such as springbok, kudu, oryx and baboons. Just before reaching Opuwo you can stop at a Living Museum of the Himbas experiencing this traditional and unique culture.
Campsite: Opuwo Country Lodge Campsite
Distance travelled: 185 Km

Day 18 Etosha National Park
Today you travel into the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s most famous wildlife park. The park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, which shimmers with mirages during the heat of the day. Waterholes in the park support a diversity of mammals and birds, including endangered species such as rhino and cheetah. From your campsite, you have access to a floodlit water hole that attracts a vast amount of game in the evening, unmatched to anywhere else.
Campsite: NWR Etosha – Olifantsrus Campsite
Distance travelled: 360 Km

Day 19 & 20 Etosha National Park
After sunrise you travel through the park to another camp in the national park, enjoying the sight of pronking springbok and playful animals announcing the start of another glorious day. The dense stands of Mopani forests support a large variety of browsers and specialised predators such as leopards, while it offers a variety of migratory as well as non-migratory bird species safe cover and nesting sites.
Campsite: NWR Etosha Campsite
Distance travelled: 250 Km (Day 19) & 250 Km (Day 20)

Day 21 Waterberg National Park
After breakfast travel south to the Waterberg area, one of the most scenic locations in Namibia and perfect for undertaking walks and game drives. Your campsite lies at the foot of the red sandstone cliffs with magnificent views on to the endless bush plains below.
Campsite: Waterberg area Campsite
Distance travelled: 300 Km

Day 22 Windhoek
Enjoy a pre-breakfast walk along one of the scenic mountain trails before travelling south towards Windhoek. Take time to stroll through one of the large craft markets in Okahandja. Your route takes you between high mountain ranges back to the capital city, Windhoek, where you check into your pension for the night. The next morning you travel the short distance to the airport for your departing flight.
Hotel Accommodation: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel
Distance travelled: 250 Km

Day 23 Depart Windhoek
In time for your outbound flight, travel the short distance to the international airport, where you return your rental vehicle and where your tour ends.
Meals: Breakfast
Distance travelled: 50 Km

Namibia Camping Self Drive

Rates in SA Rand Adults Sharing Adults Single Child u/12yrs
01 Nov'20 - Oct'21 R 11,755 pp sharing R 13,510 pp R 5,350 per child
*Children u/3yrs free of charge
Vehicle recommendation -
4x4 Equipped Camper Vehicle

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Package Includes:
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation and Campsites as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • Deluxe Travel planner

Package Excludes:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Rental vehicle (available on request)
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
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